July 29, 2015, 10:55 am Filed Under: Corporate News

Another Win for Diamond Controls

DDA_SILVER_2011Diamond Controls™ has been repeatedly recognized by the industry for its value and ingenuity. This week, it adds another accolade to the list: winning ACH&R News’ 2015 Dealer Design Award.

This year, 107 entries vied for the gold, silver and bronze awards. Entries were judged by experienced contractors from around the U.S., who identified a theme across each of the 15 product categories: Leading products are easier to access, easier to install and more user-friendly. As Editor-in-Chief Kyle Gargaro pointed out, the award is “the only HVACR product competition that is judged by the HVACR contractor, which is a true test for how good a product is.”

Have you witnessed just how good Diamond Controls is? Share your experiences below!

July 23, 2015, 10:20 am Filed Under: Corporate News

Catch Us (and Nicole Curtis) at the Sunbelt Builders’ Show in Dallas!

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Next week, we’ll be exhibiting at the Sunbelt Builders’ Show, one of the largest building industry events in North America. Join us at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center from July 29-30 at booth #501. Owned and operated by the Texas Association of Builders, the show draws thousands of residential construction professionals from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

After the show closes on Wednesday, join us at our special invitation-only event:

What? Happy Hour with Nicole Curtis, star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict”

When? Wednesday, July 29, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Where? Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center, Austin Rooms 4-6

How? Visit us at booth #501 for an admittance wristband. Space is limited, so stop by early.

July 22, 2015, 3:59 pm Filed Under: Industry News

How Green Rating Systems Stack Up

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ENERGY STAR, Zero Energy Ready Home, Passive House. You’ve heard about these green rating systems but have you ever wondered how they stack up? How they compare is best understood via the Department of Energy’s (DOE) “High-Performance Home Staircase.” Allow us to walk through the steps.

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is the landing of the staircase – the foundation for all green building certifications. Mandated state-by-state, the IECC establishes the minimum requirements for energy efficiency in terms of cost savings, energy consumption, use of natural resources and environmental impact. Green building certifications are given to homes that outperform the IECC requirements. How well a home outperforms determines how far up the rating system staircase it goes.

  1. A home achieves ENERGY STAR certification when it is than the IECC requires and up to 30 percent more energy-efficient than a typical new home.
  2. A home achieves Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) certification when it meets or exceeds the 2015 IECC and is at least 40 to 50 percent more energy-efficient than a typical new home. A ZERH-certified house meets ENERGY Star specifications, incorporates practices from the DOE’s Building America program and meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor airPLUS requirements.
  3. A home achieves Passive House certification when it meets Zero Energy Ready Home criteria and is 60-80 percent more energy-efficient than the IECC requires. A Passive House generates most or all of the energy it consumes.

The environment, energy providers and energy users all benefit from green building. Reduced energy use provides a healthier, more sustainable environment. It lessens the loads on power grids, decreasing the need for utility companies to expand power plant capacities. For homeowners, reduced energy use brings down the cost of utilities. Simply put: the higher the step on the High-Performance Home Staircase, the better the home is for everyone.

July 21, 2015, 10:21 am Filed Under: Project Profile

Project Profile: The Market at Liberty Place

The Market at Liberty Place is a popular gathering spot for friends and families in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. LGB Properties, LLC demolished and rebuilt the three-story, 31,000-square-foot building, which now holds nine food vendors, offering everything from seafood to pizza to ice cream and coffee. The challenge when renovating this space was finding an HVAC system that would be efficient and diverse enough to meet any vendor’s needs.

Selecting our VRF system was an easy choice. To heat the patio during the winter, the system reclaims heat from the building’s west side, where the solar load, ovens and grills are located, and transfers it to cooler areas. The same process keeps the patio cool in the summer. Inside, the system maintains a comfortable environment. “On a 100-degree humid day or a cold day, with the door opening and closing, it’s nice in there,” said Larry Bosley, president and CEO of LGB. Between the year-round occupant comfort, quiet operation, low-energy usage and ease of control, Bosley calls our R2-Series VRF system “a dynamite system.”

To learn more about this project, click here.

July 14, 2015, 2:29 pm Filed Under: Corporate News

Imagine Your Building with CITY MULTI®

We’ve told you about all the benefits and uses of our CITY MULTI Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems. Now, we’re showing you.

Check out the video below for a quick rundown on the benefits of our VRF systems, from aesthetics to comfort to cost savings, and the endless application possibilities. Our CITY MULTI systems provide any commercial building with the ideal comfort solution.

July 9, 2015, 2:22 pm Filed Under: Project Profile

Project Profile: Grand Lake Mental Health Center

Economy was a big concern for Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Inc. (GLMHC) when it decided to transform a 20,000-square-foot bar and dance club into its eighth clinic in northeast Oklahoma. The challenge was finding an HVAC system that could provide the patient privacy and comfort essential to health and wellness facilities and deliver cost savings. Our R2-Series VRF system was the obvious solution.

“A risk in a therapeutic environment, where return air systems are tied together, is that voices carry,” says Larry Smith, GLMHC’s chief operating officer. The minimal ductwork of our system allows for privacy. The technology is zoned to optimize both comfort and cost savings, allowing GLMHC to control the temperatures throughout the facility based on the activity in each area. Patients undergoing exams in one part of the facility can be kept warm while patients working out can be kept cool. The system is also able to keep the on-site pharmacy’s medicine cool, despite the surrounding heat-producing equipment. Any area not in use can be shut off entirely to avoid unneeded cooling and heating.

Read the full case study to learn why Smith says our system is “the ideal design for integrated care.”

  1. Looking great! Very spacious and roomy working environment for all employees and patients.

July 7, 2015, 10:45 am Filed Under: Corporate News

Featured on PowerHouse TV: “Building in Comfort”

We teamed up with Alliant Energy in April to inform homeowners about our energy-, cost- and space-saving HVAC solution. We recently got together again to show how any homeowner can experience the benefits of our ductless systems.

Whatever the job calls for – a single-room application or a whole-home solution – our ductless systems will deliver. Watch the PowerHouse segment below to learn more:

June 30, 2015, 6:21 pm Filed Under: Corporate News

Worry About Your “Monthaversary,” Not Your HVAC

Scary movies and parking gates can cause unexpected, uncomfortable situations. Forgetting an anniversary can, too. What shouldn’t? An HVAC system.

Monthaversary” features professional golfer, Fred Couples, in an uncomfortable situation. Homeowners can be uncomfortable when their HVAC systems fail to keep them cool in the summer. We can put you back in your comfort zone with the right system.

No need to remember to adjust the thermostat on a hot summer day. Our systems maintain the desired temperature. If a homeowner forgets to turn the system off before a week-long vacation, no problem – they can control their systems remotely from any Internet-enabled device with a RedLINK™-enabled controller.

Watch ‘Monthaversary’ to hear why our systems are ideal for the preoccupied customer.

June 25, 2015, 10:35 am Filed Under: Corporate News

EVERYONE Will Be at Every Building Conference & Expo 2015

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The most sought-after event in the commercial real estate industry has finally arrived. This weekend, June 28-30 in Los Angeles, Every Building Conference & Expo 2015 will play host to some of the industry’s leading facility managers, engineers, architects and investors.

Coinciding with the celebration of Building Owners and Managers Association International’s 100th anniversary, the annual conference is a career-advancing opportunity for entrepreneurs and property professionals at every level who are serious about creating success in the office, industrial and mixed-use property management industries. Jay Leno will kick off the event on Sunday, June 28, showing off the best Los Angeles has to offer.

We’ll be on the exhibition floor sharing our expertise on how HVAC and our top-of-the-line products – including central controllers, VRF heat pumps, wall-mounted indoor units and multi-position air handlers – can improve any commercial building.

Come visit us at booth #1101 and see what we’re bringing to the table!

June 24, 2015, 10:53 am Filed Under: Corporate News

H2i MSZ-FH Continues to Shine

EID Logo SilverOur Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) MSZ-FH won This Old House’s Top 100 Products award. It was also featured on The Weather Channel and dubbed one of the most efficient heating technologies by Extreme How-To.

If you need more proof of the industry-leading innovation behind the H2i MSZ-FH system, you got it. Now has named it a winner of its 2015 Excellence in Design Award! The annual award program recognizes outstanding new products based on their aesthetics, human factors and technical merits. This award win underscores that the H2i MSZ-FH is not only a reliable heating system but an innovative, highly beneficial year-round comfort solution.

Read more about the winning products in the June issue.

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